Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Beta release: 0.3.154.9

Google Chrome version 0.3.154.9 has been released. You will automatically get updated in the next few days. You can open About Google Chrome (from the wrench menu) to get the update at any time.

This release fixes the top issues we've heard about from people using the Beta release, especially with plugins (the programs that show video on sites like YouTube). 

This is a roll up of fixes that have previously been released to our Dev channel users. See http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel/release-notes for details on the changes that have been made since 0.2.149.30.

Security Update
  • This release fixes an issue with address spoofing in pop-ups. A site could convince a user to click a link to open a pop-up window. The window's address bar could be manipulated to show a different address than the actual origin of the content.
    Security rating: Medium. This flaw could be used to mislead people about the origin of a web site in order to get them to divulge  sensitive information.
    Disclosed by: Liu Die Yu of the TopsecTianRongXin research lab.
Top Issues Fixed
  • Scrolling with laptop touchpads now works.
  • Improved performance and reliability for plugins (like Flash, Silverlight, QuickTime, and Windows Media). We fixed issues with video not loading, stopping after a second, and slowing down or freezing Google Chrome (100% CPU usage). 
  • Fixed the 'chrome has crashed' message when you close a tab that was showing PDF using Adobe Reader 9. 
  • We no longer store data from secure sites (they use https: and show a lock in the address bar) in your history. You can still search your history for the site's address, but not the contents on the page. 
  • Improved performance and reliability for people who use web proxies (thanks to griffinz for the fixes).
Changes to how things look and work
  • The New tab, New window, and New incognito window options moved from the 'Control the current page' menu to the 'Customize and control Google Chrome' (wrench) menu. Thanks to Szymon Piechowicz for the patch.  
  • 'New incognito window' always opens a new window. 'New window' always opens a new normal window. Both options are always visible on the wrench menu. 
  • The spell checker works on text input fields and underlines misspelled words. You can now add words to the spell check dictionary so they are not shown as misspelled (right click on a misspelled word and choose 'Add to dictionary...').
  • The download behavior for files that could run programs (exe, dll, bat, etc.) has changed. These files are now downloaded to unconfirmed_*.download files. Google Chrome asks you if you want to accept the download. Only after you click Save is the unconfirmed_*.download file converted to the real file name. Downloads that you never confirm are deleted when Google Chrome exits.
--Mark Larson, Google Chrome Program Manager

Friday, October 24, 2008

Dev Release: 0.3.154.6

Google Chrome 0.3.154.6 has been released to the Dev channel ONLY. This is a bug fix update to 0.3.154.3.

About the Dev Channel
The Dev channel lets you test the latest fixes and get access to new features as they're being developed. You can learn more about the Dev channel and how to subscribe here: http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel

Reminder: please file (or update existing) issues at http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues

Bugs Fixed
  • r3753 Fixes a crash with Adobe Acrobat 9 whenever you close a tab that was showing a PDF file. 
  • r3710 Fixes a crash while dragging tabs on Windows Vista with pen input or tablet services.
  • r3803 [Issue 3183] Fixes a crash while dragging tabs. 
  • r3528 [Issue 2069] Fixes problems with the downloaded files shelf not closing and becoming unresponsive. 
  • r3570 [Issue 3539] Fixes not being able to save 'unconfirmed' file types with different names (Save As...). 
  • r3481 [Issue 666] Fixes Silverlight video not playing on some sites. 
  • r3810 [Issue 2929, Issue 3315] Fixes the page encoding menu to work properly again. 
  • r3546, r3659 [Issue 3039] Fixes a crash in the spell checker. 
  • r3621 [issue 2901] Fixes Ctrl+K to work again (focus the address bar and clear it for a new search).
--Mark Larson, Google Chrome Program Manager

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Dev Release: 0.3.154.3

Google Chrome 0.3.154.3 has been released to the Dev channel ONLY.

About the Dev Channel

The Dev channel lets you test the latest fixes and get access to new features as they're being developed. You can learn more about the Dev channel and how to subscribe here: http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel/ 

Release Highlights

Crash Fixes

Release 154.0 had a few browser crashes, including a crash on startup on tablet PCs running Windows Vista. We fixed the new crashes and 154.3 should be much more stable.

Plugin Performance Fixes

There are more plugin  performance updates in this release, including fixing some videos that halt after 1 second (r3123, Issue 115) and plugins causing the browser to become unresponsive (r3323).

Safer Downloads

r3228 Changes the download behavior for files that could execute code (exe, dll, bat, etc.). These files are now downloaded to unconfirmed_*.download files. In the browser, you're asked if you want to accept the download. Only after you click Save is the unconfirmed_*.download file converted to the real file name. Unconfirmed downloads are deleted when Google Chrome exits.

There were many more minor changes. A more complete list can be found here: http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel/release-notes.

--Mark Larson, Google Chrome Program Manager

Friday, October 3, 2008

Dev Release: 0.3.154.0

Google Chrome 0.3.154.0 has been released to the Dev channel ONLY.

About the Dev Channel

The Dev channel lets you test the latest fixes and get access to new features as they're being developed. You can learn more about the Dev channel and how to subscribe here: http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel/ 

Release Highlights: Plugin Fixes

This release includes several changes that improve the performance of plugins, especially Adobe Flash video. We address issues with plugins causing 100% CPU usage, locking up Google Chrome, and not playing at all on some pages. (Issues 933877721533)

We also improved the experience with a few default search engines: improved results display with voila.fr (French), enabled search suggestions for voila.fr and daum.net (Korean), and fixed an issue that sometimes prevented importing Windows Live Search as your default from Internet Explorer settings.

There were many more minor changes. A more complete list can be found here: http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel/release-notes .

--Mark Larson, Google Chrome Program Manager